CHAPTER XXXII

TWELFTH “WESTPAC” DEPLOYMENT AND LOCALTRAINING OPERATIONS (Multi-nation combat exercises with Japan, Korea, and the Republic of China) U.S. Aircraft Carriers “WestPac” and Indian Ocean Deployments (Indian Ocean operations keeping the peace in the Middle East (Iran History & Air Arm)

(1 January 1977 to 31 December 1977)

Part 1 – (1 January to 10 June 1977)

Part 2 – (11 June to 31 December 1977)

 

 

    Vice Admiral Wagner, Commandant, Coast Guard 12th District, visited USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at NAS Alameda, California on 13 June 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “Vice Admiral Alfonso Argudin Alcaraz, Director, Mexican Navy War College arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 13 June 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “Mr. Peter Arnett, Associated Press arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 14 June 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) was inport Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 8 to 21 June 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca., for INSURV and OPPE

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 22 June 1977, for operations in the SOCAL OPAREA for the purpose of conducting the material inspection (INSURV) and Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE)” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) commenced on 24 June 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “Rear Admiral N. K. Green, Commander, Sea-based ASW Wings Atlantic arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 26 June 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) was conducted from 24 to 27 June 1977 and "The Hawk" became the first Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific carrier (COMNAVAIRPAC CV) to pass the examination on the first attempt” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “Vice Admiral R. P. Coogan, Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 28 June 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returned to NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca., after completing INSURV and OPPE

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 1 July 1977, conducting operations in the SOCAL OPAREA for the purpose of conducting the material inspection (INSURV) from 27 June through 1 July 1977 and Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from 24 to 27 June 1977 and "The Hawk" became the first Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific carrier (COMNAVAIRPAC CV) to pass the examination on the first attempt” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 85 high school students, all members of the Summer Leadership Academy School for the Mentally Gifted, from Union High School District, Anaheim, California for a tour of the ship on 5 July 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

The United States announced it had tested a neutron bomb

 

      “On 7 July 1977, the United States announced it had tested a neutron bomb. Described as an "enhanced radiation weapon," it is a small hydrogen bomb with only one-tenth of the blast, heat and fallout produced by a normal hydrogen bomb. It is intended to disable or kill troops by producing a huge shower of neutrons that can pass through steel or concrete” (Ref. 87).

 

    Vice Admiral J. D. Watkins, Chief of Naval Personnel, visited USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 8 July 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 40 Boy Scouts for a tour of the ship on 10 July 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “Rear Admiral S. R. Foley, Commander, Carrier Group Seven arrived aboard and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 40 mentally retarded children from the Grossmont Work Center, San Diego, California for a tour of the ship and Chadu Abdul Ghafur KAHN, Superintendent of Police, Lehore, Pakistan and two others for a tour of the ship on 18 July 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

 

An elevated starboard quarter view of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) underway, July 1977. US Navy photo by PH1 A. Legare (DVIC id: DN-SC-86-00162). NS026377 166k. Kitty Hawk departed San Diego on March 8, 1976 and four days later entered drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA, to commence a 100-million dollar complex overhaul scheduled to last 12.5 months. This overhaul configured Hawk to operate with the F-14 Tomcat and S-3A Viking aircraft in a total CV sea control mode. This included adding spaces for storage, ordnance handling and maintenance facilities for the two aircraft. Also included in the work package were more efficient work areas for air frames and a repair facility for ground support equipment and the addition of avionics support capability for the S-3. The ship also replaced the Terrier Surface-to-Air missile system with the NATO Sea Sparrow system, and added elevators and modified weapons magazines to provide an increased capability for handling and stowing the newer, larger air launched weapons. The carrier completed the overhaul in March 1977 and departed the shipyard April 1 of that year to return to San Diego. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026377.jpg

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Nuclear Weapons Acceptance Inspection (NWAI) was conducted between 11 and 15 July 1977 while inport Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 2 to 18 July 1977. A grade of "satisfactory" was assigned. Air operations continued into August with CVW-11 developing a "War-at-Sea" tactical doctrine” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca. with CVW-11, for integrated airwing/ship flight operations in the SOCAL OPAREA

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 19 July 1977, and CVW-11 commenced integrated airwing/ship flight operations oriented primarily toward carrier landing requalification's for the airwing pilots in the SOCAL OPAREA” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USNS Taluga (TAO-62) on 21 July; USNS Taluga (TAO-62) and hosted 4 Rand Corporation employees for a visit under the sponsorship of OP-943C on 22 July 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returned to NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca. with CVW-11, after completing integrated airwing/ship flight operations in the SOCAL OPAREA

 

  USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 22 July 1977, conducting integrated airwing/ship flight operations oriented primarily toward carrier landing requalification for the airwing pilots of CVW-11 in the SOCAL OPAREA from 19 to 21 July 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

     “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 15 Naval Sea Cadet Crops members and 2 adult escorts from San Diego, Ca. for an at-sea orientation and training period on 27 July and hosted 26 students and 4 staff members of the U. S. Air Force 'lest Pilot School for a visit and appreciation of carrier aviation from 29 to 30 July 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65) completed Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Naval Air Station Alameda, California on 31 July 1977, commencing on 11 May 1977, SRA 77 proved to be an $8.5 million repair and alteration package including overhauling one of the two waist catapult systems and resurfacing the flight deck (11 May–31 July 1977). Visitors during this period included Vice Admiral Wagner, Commandant, Coast Guard 12th District, on 13 June, and Vice Admiral J.D. Watkins, Chief of Naval Personnel, on 8 July 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) was inport Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 30 to 31 July 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

Iran Air Arm

 

     “Several AAR boom and receptacle equipped 747-100 tankers were supplied to Iran during the mid to late 1970s” (Ref. 27).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca., for CARQUALS for CVW-11 and 7 Mine Warfare Certification Inspection

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 1 August 1977, for pilot landing qualifications (CARQUALS) for CVW-11 and 7 Mine Warfare Certification Inspection while operating in the SOCAL OPAREA, hosting 17 Naval Sea Cadet Corps members for a tour of the ship, embarking Rear Admiral S. R. Foley, Commander, Carrier Group Seven arrived aboard for a day visit; while Mr. R. W. Husford, Capt., USN (Ret.); Mr. W. Bolin, Arizona Secretary of State; Mr. B. Fleming, Arizona State Treasurer; Mr. R. Rottas, Arizona State Senator; Mr. T. West, Arizona State Senator and Mr. A. Bundschuch, Phoenix Businessman arrived for a four day visit aboard the day of departure” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 1 August 1977, for flight deck certification and repair parties drills” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted Ms. Joanna Cameron, star of the TV series, "ISIS", for a tour of the ship and taping of TV promotional on 2 August. Mr. R. W. Husford, Capt., USN (Ret.); Mr. W. Bolin, Arizona Secretary of State; Mr. B. Fleming, Arizona State Treasurer; Mr. R. Rottas, Arizona State Senator; Mr. T. West, Arizona State Senator and Mr. A. Bundschuch, Phoenix Businessman visited aboard Kitty Hawk from 1 to 4 August; conducted UNREP with USNS Taluga (TAO-62) on 4 August 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    Back at sea “in her natural environment” for sea trials, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) conducted flight deck certification and drilled her repair parties, between 1 and 5 August 1977 before returning to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “Rear Admiral A. E. Hill, Commander, Training Command, Pacific visited aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) from 4 to 5 August 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) completed its Mine Warfare Certification Inspection on 7 August 1977 and CVW-11 was "certified" as of that date” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 5 May to 8 August 1977” (Ref. 72).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked departs on a Cruise

 

    USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75) & Carrier Group Five, Commander DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 8 August 1977, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, for an underway period.

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 (NF)

(8 August to 2 September 1977)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (Forward Deployed)

WestPac

CVW-5

NF

8 Aug 1977

2 Sep 1977

Western Pacific

26-days

 

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4N --> F-4J

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4N --> F-4J

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7A --> A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7A --> A-7E

VA-115

Arabs -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -     Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6A / A-6E & A-6BKA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps - Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King -       Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USNS Taluga (TAO-62) on 9 August. Mr. P. Hazelrig, former President, San Francisco Navy League; Mr. J. Marsh, Captain, USN (Ret.); Mr. F. Wheaty; President, Mother's Cookies; Mr. K. Murphy, President, Murphy Laboratories visited aboard Kitty Hawk from 9 to 10 August; conducting UNREP with USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) on 11 August 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returned to NAS, NI, San Diego, Ca., after completing CARQUALS for CVW-11 and 7 Mine Warfare Certification Inspection

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 11 August 1977, conducting pilot landing qualifications (CARQUALS) for CVW-11 from 1 to 11 August 1977 and Kitty Hawk completed 7 Mine Warfare Certification Inspection on 7 August 1977 and CVW-11 was "certified" as of that date while operating in the SOCAL OPAREA” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and CVW-11 paused on 12 August 1977 for a day from their rigorous training schedule to demonstrate acquired s kills to family and friends. Approximately 4,700 guests participated in the Family Day Cruise. Kitty Hawk accomplished Refresher Training (REFTRA), (OPPE), (INSERV), (WAI), and Mine Warfare Certification followed close upon one another across the months of May, June, July, and August 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted Mr. D. Lewis, military editor for the New Orleans Times - Picayune for observation of flight operations from 10 to 12 August, conducted UNREP with USS Hassayampa (AO-145) on 12 August and with USS Kiluea (AE-26) on 13 August 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “Thirty-one NATO Parlimentarians; Rear Admiral C. J. Kempf, Commander, ASW Wings Pacific; Representative Bob Wilson, California State Representative arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), conducting UNREP the day of arrival with USS Hassayampa (AO-145) on 15 August 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs and returns to NAS, Alameda, Ca. after completing REFTRA

 

    “After a brief in-port period at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California (6–14 August), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was underway again for the southern California operating area for additional refresher training and work ups from 15 to 19 August 1977. Soon after she moored back at Alameda, the ship began receiving over 4,000 visitors for a dependents day cruise, including a flight operations demonstration” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) and with USS Hassayampa (AO-145) on 19 August; hosted approximately 500 San Diegans during Kitty Hawk’s participation in "America's Finest City" celebration on 20 August; conducted UNREP with USS Kiluea (AE-26) and with USS Hassayampa (AO-145) on 21 August; UNREP with USS Hassayampa (AO-145) on 23 August; with USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) on 24 August and with USNS Taluga (TAO-62) on 25 August. Honorable R. Wilson, Mayor of San Diego, Ca. arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 27 August 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs NAS, Alameda, Ca., for a variety of training exercises and battle problems, including REFTRA

 

    After a brief in-port period at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California (20/21-28 August), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was underway again for a variety of training exercises and battle problems, including refresher training on 29 August 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 30 August 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65) pulled into port moored at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California over Labor Day Weekend on 2 September 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked arrived from a Cruise

 

    “On 2 September 1977, USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75) & Carrier Group Five, Commander DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, ending an underway period. Ports of call not reported. Squadrons: VF-161, F-4N --> F-4J; VF-151, F-4N --> F-4J; VA-93, A-7A --> A-7E; VA-56, A-7A --> A-7E; VA-115, A-6A / KA-6D; VAW-115, E-2B; VMFP-3 Det., RF-4B; VMAQ-2 Det., EA-6A and HC-1 Det. 2, SH-3G (8 August to 2 September 1977)” (Ref. 1182A).

 

 08/08/77 to 02/09/77

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg

Aug 74 to Aug 91

WestPac

26-days

“The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (SSDR) is a service award of the United States Navy which was established in May 1980 and retroactively authorized to August 1974. It was the first type of sea service ribbon established in the U.S. Armed Forces” (Ref. 1181D).

Ref. 1181 & 1181C

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) contributed in excess of $4,000.00 to the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Campaign on 4 September 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65) made an in-port period moored at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California over Labor Day Weekend from 2 to 5 September 1977” (Ref. 362D).     

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) was inport Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California from 13 August to 6 September 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

     “On September 7, 1977, Jimmy Carter signs the new canal treaty with Panama cites the inequities in the 1903 agreement” (Ref. 12).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs NAS, Alameda, Ca., for WEPTRAEX and Nuclear Operational Readiness Exercise (NOREX ALPHA)

during COMPTUEX 3-77 in the SOCAL OPAREA

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 7 September 1977, for WEPTRAEX and Nuclear Operational Readiness Exercise (NOREX ALPHA) during COMPTUEX 3-77, an exercise that provided an opportunity to counter threats of graduated magnitude, while operating in the SOCAL OPAREA” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

 08/08/77 to 02/09/77

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg

Aug 74 to Aug 91

WestPac

26-days

“The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (SSDR) is a service award of the United States Navy which was established in May 1980 and retroactively authorized to August 1974. It was the first type of sea service ribbon established in the U.S. Armed Forces” (Ref. 1081D).

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

 

Underway on 10 September 1977, during a WESTPAC cruise. Little altered since her SCB-110A refit, by this time she had only three 5"/54 guns left; within three years, all were gone. Note UH-46 helicopter over the carrier's flight deck, amidships, with cargo suspended below. Two of the F-4 fighters visible (parked aft of the starboard after aircraft elevator) are wearing camouflage paint schemes. Official U.S. Navy photograph by PH1 Don Hanson; Naval Historical Center photo #: NH 97650. NS024316 98k. NHC. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024316.jpg

 

    “Vice Admiral R. P. Coogan, Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 13 September 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) returned to NAS, Alameda, Ca., after completing WEPTRAEX and Nuclear Operational Readiness Exercise (NOREX ALPHA)

during COMPTUEX 3-77 in the SOCAL OPAREA

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 15 September 1977, conducting a Weapons Training Exercise (WEPTRAEX) from 12 to 15 September 1977 conducted during the last phase of Composite Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) 3-77, during which time a highly successful Nuclear Operational Readiness Exercise (NOREX ALPHA) culminated the WEPTRAEX during COMPTUEX 3-77, an exercise that provided an opportunity to counter threats of graduated magnitude, while operating in the SOCAL OPAREA from 7 to 15 September 1997” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs NAS, Alameda, Ca., for FLEETEX 2-77, RECONEX, NOREX ALPHA, Operational Readiness Exam (ORE) and FLEETEX 2-77

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 17 September 1977, import from 16 to 17 September 1977, for FLEETEX 2-77, a multi-national operation designed to exercise all aspects of ship/airwing team operations in an intensive "War-at-Sea" and "Power Projection" environment. The ship's RECONEX, NOREX ALPHA and Operational Readiness Exam (ORE) will be conducted in the final phases of the FLEETEX 2-77” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returned to NAS, Alameda, Ca., after completing a variety of training exercises and battle problems, including REFTRA

 

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 20 September 1977, concluding a variety of training exercises and battle problems, including refresher training from 29 August to 20 September 1977, punctuating that work with an in-port period moored at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California over Labor Day Weekend from 2 to 5 September 1977, departing her home port on 29 August 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “Rear Admiral C. J. Kempf, Commander, ASW Wings Pacific visited aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) from 19 to 20 September. Vice Admiral S. L. Garvely, Jr., Commander, Third Fleet arrived aboard on 21 September 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

Resignation of Bert Lance

 

     “On September 21, 1977, a news conference was convened by the White House to announce the resignation of Bert Lance. The news conference begins with the reading of Lance's letter to Carter. Carter answers questions; some tearfully, about his own standards for behavior of his official family, refers to Lance as a brother, and says there will be no one as good to replace him. "Nothing I have heard or read has shaken my belief in his integrity." Broadcast on a CBS TV News Special” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked conducted Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) from 2 to 27 September 1977” (Ref. 72).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked departs for the Indian Ocean

 

    “USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75) & Carrier Group Five, Commander DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked departed Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan) 27 September 1977, with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, on her 15th South China Sea deployment, on her third Indian Ocean deployment and her 13th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in support of Exercise Midlink, hosted by the Iranian Navy, including representatives of Pakistan, Turkey and the Royal Navy; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. She will under go her 16th deployment since her second recommission on 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving on 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her sixth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise in the Far East; making three Vietnam Combat Cruises operating with the 7th Fleet during the Vietnam Conflict/War; ending her eighth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her third South China Sea deployment, her third Vietnam Combat Cruise in the Far East. She will under go her 22nd deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon completion of her World Cruise for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 35th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway & 72).

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 (NF)

(27 September to 21 December 1977)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CV-41) – 7th (13th Forward Deployed)

15th SCS

3rd IO

CVW-5

NF

27 Sep 1977

21 Dec 1977

Indian Ocean

35th FWFD

86-days

Exercise Midlink, hosted by the Iranian Navy, including representatives of Pakistan, Turkey and the Royal Navy.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-161

Chargers -                    Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF100

F-4J

VF-151

Vigilantes -                  Fighter Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter

NF200

F-4J

VA-93

Ravens -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF300

A-7E

VA-56

Champions -                Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet Attack Aircraft

NF400

A-7E

VA-115

Arabs --> Eagles (*1) -

Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NF500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-115

Liberty Bells -               Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye Electronics

601-604

E-2B

VMFP-3 Det.

Eyes of the Corps -Marines Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

McDonnell-Douglas - Phantom II Jet Fighter - Reconnaissance

(RF) 610

RF-4B

VMAQ-2 Det.

Playboys - Marines Electronics Warfare

Grumman - Intruder -      Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

(CY) 620

EA-6A

HC-1 Det. 2

Pacific Fleet Angels - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

722-727

SH-3G

 (*1) Changed nickname in Mar.1978

 

Iran History & Air Arm - Shah declared martial law in September 1977

 

     “The Shah declared martial law in September 1977 in major cities. A bloody confrontation between police and Muslims killed several hundred people. Muslims called for the Shah's abdication. The Shah tried to pacify them by granting amnesty to several opposition leaders, including Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who had been living in exile in France.  The Shah also appointed a prime minister, who once in power called for the Shah to leave and disband his secret police” (Ref. 151- Super70s.com).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs NAS, Alameda, Ca., for FLEETEX 2-77, RECONEX, NOREX ALPHA, Operational Readiness Exam (ORE) and FLEETEX 2-77

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 28 September 1977, participating in the joint U.S./Canadian multi - threat naval exercise called VARSITY SPRINT, completing a RECONEX, NOREX ALPHA and Operational Readiness Exam (ORE) during the final phases of the FLEETEX 2-77, a multi-national operation designed to exercise all aspects of ship/airwing team operations in an intensive "War-at-Sea" and "Power Projection" environment from 19 to 28 September 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    Admiral Rickover inspected USS Enterprise (CVN-65) from 29 to 30 September 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

     “On October 4, 1977, Jimmy Carter addresses the United Nations General Assembly. He calls on all nations to reverse the build up of arms, conventional and nuclear” (Ref. 12).

 

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) loaded over 500 Tigers at a brief stop in Hawaii

 

    “With a brief stop in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in early October 1977, where USS Coral Sea (CV-43) loaded over 500 Tigers (sons and guest of its crewmembers), the Coral Sea sailed home to Alameda ports” (Ref. 2-USS Coral Sea “Welcome Aboard” brochure).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs NAS, Alameda, Ca. for CAEQUALS, REFTRA and automatic carrier landing system certification

 

    “Underway from Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 3 October 1977, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) commenced Carrier Qualifications, Refresher Training and Automatic Carrier Landing System Certification for VFs-121, 124, 301 and 302, VFP-63, VAs-303, 304 and 305, VSs-37 and 41 and VAQ-129” (Ref. 362D).

 

USS Coral Sea (CV-43) with CVW-15 embarked arrived from “WestPac”

 

    “On 5 October 1977, USS Coral Sea (CV-43) with CVW-15 embarked (tail code NL) arrived Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, ending her 12th “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet (25 January 1960 to Present) and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet in the Far East , with Captain Aitcheson, George A. in command (NHC Battle Order p 19), becoming the new Commanding Officer, relieving Captain Frick, Joseph F. USNA at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 1 March 1977. Coral Sea was involved in several multi-nations combat exercises with Japan, Korea, and the Republic of China, upon conclusion she made a brief stop in Hawaii where Coral Sea loaded over 500 Tigers (sons and guest of its crewmembers), departing she sailed home to Alameda, Calif. Coral Sea returned to a tremendous reception in San Francisco, Ca. During the 10th anniversary of San Francisco’s adoption of the Coral Sea, over 100,000 flower petals were dropped from the Golden Gate Bridge onto the flight deck of the massive carrier. Balloons were released from both the bridge and Colt Tower. Fireboats spewed water in greeting and the “Red Barons,” flight team piloting biplanes, escorted Coral Sea to her rightful berth, where the “Queen of the Pacific” could rest for her next assignments, wherever they may be. Ever mindful of their obligations as representatives of the United States overseas, USS Coral Sea (CV-43) Seaman contributed $9,670.00, nearly $4,000.00 more than any other single contributor, toward providing high school educations for almost 100 Filipino children. Her final deployment with Air Wing 15 occurred in 1977, and was Coral Sea’s only deployment with the Navy’s newer F-4J Phantom, then the Navy’s top fighter. The ship’s 272,000th arrested landing was recorded on 6 September 1977. Ports of call: Pusan, Korea; Subic Bay, R. P. and Yokosuka, Japan and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Pusan, the largest port city in South Korea and is located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula; and Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region. Squadrons: VF-191 (*1), F-4J; VF-194 (*2), F-4J; VA-22, A-7E; VA-94, A-7E; VA-95, A-6E/KA-6D; VFP-63 Det. 3, RF-8G; VMAQ 2 Det. A/B, EA-6 A; HC-1 Det. 4, SH-3G; VAW-114, E-2B; and VQ-1 Det., EA-3B. (*1) VF-191 disestablished on Mar. 1, 1978 and (*2) VF-194 disestablished on Mar. 1, 1978; involved in two Vietnam Peace Coast Patrol Cruises, ending with Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon on 28 April 1975 during the evacuation of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh on 12 April 1975 in Operation Eagle Pull, while her first Vietnam Peace Coast Patrol Cruise was during Operation Homecoming (9 March 1973 to 11 August 1973), following six Vietnam War Combat cruises during the Vietnam Conflict/War (1 November 1965 to 17 July 1972), completing her 1st & 2nd Vietnam Expeditionary Force (VEF) deployments during her 1st & 2nd “WestPac,” (first CVA in the Bering Sea during 12 December 1961 to 17 July 1962 deployment). Her 12th foreign water deployment since her visit to Vancouver, B.C. (18 to 22 March 1960) when she deployed from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington upon completion of sea trials and a post-overhaul inspection and survey evaluation, commencing once recommissioned, following SCB 110A conversion (16 April 1957 to 25 January 1960), decommissioned on 24 April 1957, completing nine tours of duty in the Mediterranean Sea operating with the 6th Fleet (7 June 1948 to 13 August 1956); reclassified hull classification symbol CVA-43 on 1 October 1952. Her 23rd Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 1 October 1947 (15 February to 5 October 1977)” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 2-USS Coral Sea “Welcome Aboard” brochure, 34, 35, 72 & 1275W11).

 

 15/02/77 – 05/10/77

 AWARD OR CITATION

 AWARD DATES

  “WESTPAC”

 Excellent Deck Efficiency Admiral Flatley

 Award 1978

 1977

 12th

Reference 34, 35 & 43 reflect Chat info.

 

CVW-15 departs USS Coral Sea (CV-43) after a 17-year association

 

     “USS Coral Sea (CV-43) arrival from her 12th “Westpac” deployment brought to a close a 17-year association with CVW-15 on 5 October 1977. During that cruise- the only one she would make with F-4J Phantoms embarked. VMAQ-2 EA-6A "electric" Intruders also made a one-time-only appearance for this cruise” (Ref. 43).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 50 members of the El Monte, California Chamber of Commerce for a tour of the ship on 6 October; 500 to 600 GMC Motorhome Club members for a tour of the ship on 7 October and 50 members of the Studebaker Drivers' Club for a tour of the ship on 9 October 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65) conducted carrier qualifications, refresher training and automatic carrier landing system certification for VFs-121, 124, 301 and 302, VFP-63, VAs-303, 304 and 305, VSs-37 and 41 and VAQ-129 from 3 to 10 October 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

      “On October 13, 1977, Jimmy Carter talks about the conservation of oil the moral equivalent of war says energy will be an issue when people realize that there is a pinch coming answers questions on other subjects including clean politics” (Ref. 12).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returned to NAS, Alameda, Ca. after completing CAEQUALS, REFTRA and automatic carrier landing system certification

 

    On 14 October 1977, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, conducting Carrier Qualifications, Refresher Training and Automatic Carrier Landing System Certification from 3 to 10 October 1977. Among the squadrons utilizing the ship were VFs-121, 124, 301 and 302, VFP-63, VAs-303, 304 and 305, VSs-37 and 41 and VAQ-129” (Ref. 362D).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 40 members of the Council of Chief State School Officers for a tour of the ship and Captain H. E. Hirschy, Jr., Naval Food Service System Office arrived aboard on 17 October and Kitty Hawk served as host and coordinator for a memorial service for the USS Yorktown (CV-10) Survivors Association on 22 October. Kitty Hawk was inport Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California “POM” from 29 September to 24 October 1977 for a 28 day upkeep period preparatory to getting underway on 25 October for deployment to the U. S. Seventh Fleet” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs NAS, Alameda, Ca. for REFTRA and conduct a MissilEx with her Ballistic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS) with the Pacific Missile Test Center in the SOCAL OPAREA

 

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with part of with CVW-14 embarked departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 25 October 1977, for additional air refresher training and conduct a MissilEx with her Ballistic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS) with the Pacific Missile Test Center in the southern California operating area” (Ref. 362D).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) with CVW-11 embarked departs on “WestPac”

 

   “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) with CVW-11 embarked departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on time at 1100, 25 October 1977, with Captain Edward J. Hogan, Jr. as Commanding Officer, on her 11th “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, participating in TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac,” en route transit to Hawaii included an opposed sortie from San Diego and the two days of cyclic air operations in the Hawaiian operating area included a MISSILEX, MINEX BRAVO, GUNEX, BOMBEX, JAMEX, and KOMAREX; TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac,” Refresher carrier landing operations, USN/ROKN ASWEX K1-78, a four-phased, modular exercise designed to provide U. S. and Republic of Korea Naval Forces an opportunity to practice combined operations in AAW and ASW, USN/ROKN ASWEX K1-78, a four-phased, modular exercise designed to provide U. S. and Republic of Korea Naval Forces an opportunity to practice combined operations in AAW and ASW, READIEX BRAVO following departure from Pusan, South Korea, READIEX BRAVO on 13 December 1977 and  exercise COPE CHERRY, a test of the Japanese Air Self-defense Force, war-at-sea exercise (WASEX) by delivering the first stimulated strike against the opposing carrier conducted in the Philippine Sea (Kitty Hawk bested USS Midway (CV-41)), CASEX/FAMEX 1-78A, a close air support/familiarization exercise for training TACAIR control party personnel and integration of CV aircraft into the support of amphibious operations in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan a combined U. S. and Republic of China air defense exercise of the Eagle/Bluesky series in the Taiwan area, aircraft from Kitty Hawk participating in The ECM portion of an air defense exercise involving the Republic China, Exercise BLUESKY, the intercept/strike portion of an air defense exercise involving the Republic of China and shipboard trials for A-4Ms and F-4Ss. Reclassified a CV-3 “Multi-Purpose Aircraft Carrier” on 29 April 1973, inaugurated her new role as CV on 1 July 1975. Prior to her deployment conducted local operations off the coast of California with Air Wing ELEVEN equipped with what were then the Navy’s newest aircraft: the F-14 Tomcat, S-3 Viking, the A-6E version of the Intruder and the E-2C version of the Hawkeye, departing from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bremerton, Wa. on 1 April 1977, upon completion of a $100 million complex overhaul in March 1977, allowing the ship to operate with the F-14 ‘Tomcat’ and S-3A ‘Viking’ aircraft in a total CV sea control mode commencing on 12 March 1976, when she entered dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, changing her homeport from San Diego, Ca. to Bremerton, Wa., departing San Diego, Ca. on 8 March 1976, she arrived in Bremerton on 12 March 1976, while modifications and alterations included adding spaces for storage, ordnance handling and maintenance facilities for the two aircraft, more efficient work areas for airframes and a repair facility for ground support equipment and the addition of avionics support capability for the S-3, replacing the Terrier Surface-to-Air missile system with the NATO Sea Sparrow system, and added elevators and modified weapons magazines to provide an increased capability for handling and stowing the newer, larger air-launched weapons. Kitty Hawk completed the overhaul in March 1977, and departed the shipyard April 1 of that year to return to San Diego, Ca. She will undergo her 12th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission on 29 April 1961 at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, with Captain William F. Bringle in command and was the first of the Kitty Hawk class (the only other two being the USS Constellation (CVA-64) and USS America (CVA-66)” (Ref. 1-Kitty Hawk, 72, 331A & 311B-1977 & 444).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) with CVW-11 (NH)

(25 October 1977 to 15 May 1978)

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-114

Aardvarks -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -

Jet Fighter

NH100

F-14A

VF-213

Black Lions -

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Tomcat -

Jet Fighter

NH200

F-14A

VA-192

Golden Dragons -                     Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet attack aircraft

NH300

A-7E

VA-195

Dam Busters -                     Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair II -

Jet attack aircraft

Nh400

A-7E

VA-52

Knightriders -                     Attack Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Tanker

NH500

A-6E / KA-6D

VAW-122

Steeljaws -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Hawkeye -Electronics

604-607

E-2C

RVAH-7

Peacemakers of the Fleet - Reconnaissance Attack Squadron

North American -             Jet Attack Fighter Reconnaissance

610

RA-5C

VAQ-131

Lancers - Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron

Grumman - Intruder -

Jet Attack Bomber - Special electronic installation

620

EA-6B

VS-33

Screwbirds - Air Anti-Submarine Squadron

Lockheed - Viking - Anti-Submarine & Utility

700

S-3A / US-3A

HS-8

Eightballers - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

Sikorsky - Sea King - Anti-submarine

720

SH-3H

VQ-1 Det. B

World Watchers - Air Reconnaissance Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior -  Jet Attack Fighter

 

(PR)

004, 005

EA-3B

Air Wing ELEVEN was equipped with what were then the Navy's newest aircraft: the F-14 Tomcat, S-3 Viking, the A-6E version of the Intruder and the E-2C version of the Hawkeye

 

    “USS Goldsborough (DDG 20) was part of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) battle group” (Ref. 84A).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California, en route Hawaii and “WestPac,” on time at 1100, 25 October 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

      “On October 27, 1977, Jimmy Carter announces sanctions against weapons sales to South Africa because of the deprivation of human rights discusses his own energy and social security legislation programs at a Presidential press conference” (Ref. 12).

 

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65) conducted a MissilEx with her Ballistic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS) with the Pacific Missile Test Center on 31 October 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

   “10 TU-95 BEAR Reconnaissance concluded and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) inchopped COMSEVENTHFLT on 1 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for “WestPac” briefings held on 1 November 1977 at CINCPACFLT Headquarters

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) arrived Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for “WestPac” briefings held on 1 November 1977 at CINCPACFLT Headquarters, conducting TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac” from 25 to 31 October 1977. Kitty Hawk transit to Hawaii included an opposed sortie from San Diego and the two days of cyclic air operations in the Hawaiian operating area included a MISSILEX, MINEX BRAVO, GUNEX, BOMBEX, JAMEX, and KOMAREX” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) hosted 170 Rotarians and their wives from the Hawaii area for lunch and a tour of the ship and Admiral E. A. Clarey, USN (Ret.) arrived aboard on 1 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departs Pearl Harbor, Hawaii after completing “WestPac” briefings held on 1 November 1977 at CINCPACFLT Headquarters

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 2 November 1977, conducting “WestPac” briefings held on 1 November 1977 at CINCPACFLT Headquarters, participating in TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac” commencing on 2 November” (Ref. 331A & 311B-1977).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 4 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

      “On November 8, 1977, Jimmy Carter addressed the American People. In his third prime-time address to the American people, on election night 1977, Carter talks about his energy policy currently being debated in both House and Senate committees cites startling facts e.g. two years of food exports pay for only one year of oil imports, tells of canceling his overseas trip to see his legislation through, says the Japanese, British, Germans, and French have all cut oil imports, while U.S. imports have gone up by 40 percent, says he will offer economic incentives to the oil industry only for new oil, and asks each American family to conserve” (Ref. 12).

 

      “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 8 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) returned to NAS, Alameda, Ca. after completing REFTRA and conducted a MissilEx with her BPDMS with the Pacific Missile Test Center in the SOCAL OPAREA

 

   USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with part of with CVW-14 embarked returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, conducting air refresher training in the southern California operating area from 25 October to 10 November 1977, but this time with part of CVW-14. The ship also conducted a MissilEx with her Ballistic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS) with the Pacific Missile Test Center on 31 October 1977” (Ref. 362D).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) celebrated the 202nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps with an appropriate ceremony on the forecastle on 10 November 1977, inchopping from Third Fleet to Seventh Fleet the same day, while in the vicinity of Wake Island. Two Soviet Naval Aviation TU-95 BEAR D aircraft also welcomed the ship to “WestPac” by conducting close-in reconnaissance of the carrier during the late afternoon hours of 10 November” (Ref. 331A & 311B-1977).

 

      “On November 10, 1977, Jimmy Carter discusses unemployment the Humphrey-Hawkins bill, inflation, national health insurance, Richard Helms' lying under oath, Middle Eastern politics, terrorism, flood control (inspection of dams), abortion, his disagreements with Federal Reserve Board chairman Arthur Burns regarding the speed of economic recovery, the energy bill, charity toward ex-members of white citizens' councils and new taxes on business at his nineteenth press conference” (Ref. 12).

 

 

USS Constellation (CV-64), Yokosuka, Japan, 11 November 1977. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9. Seen from USS Jouett (CG-29). NS026400 28k. Carl T. Orbann. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/026400.jpg

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 11 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

   TRANSITEX 2-78 ASW encounters continued until USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) task group arrived in the vicinity of Guam. Commander Carrier Striking Force Seventh Fleet/F 77 and staff embarked in Kitty Hawk throughout the day of 13 November 1977 and Commander Carrier Group SEVEN departed. In her new role as flagship for CTF 77, Kitty Hawk sailed westward t o an operating area east of the Philippine Islands” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “Rear Admiral E. E. Tissot, Jr., Commander, Carrier Group Five arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 13 November 1977. The same day, Kitty Hawk assumed the communications guard for CTF-77 and will maintain this guard until 21 April 1978” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 14 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

      “On November 15, 1977, Jimmy Carter apologizes to the Shah of Iran for the intrusion of smoke from nuisance tear gas bombs thrown by anti-Shah protesters during a welcoming ceremony on the White House lawn. Broadcast on CBS TV” (Ref. 12).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 15 November and on 16 November, participating in INCHOP, an exercise designed to improve and evaluate the readiness to the entire task group to conduct ASW operations in a blue water multi-threat environment with nuclear submarines in direct support from 16 to 19 November” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, Commander, Seventh Fleet arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 20 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

     “On November 20, 1977, Jimmy Carter reacts to the visit of Anwar Sadat to Israel with optimism and happiness. Carter says all Middle East leaders are eager to bring about peace, although some underestimate their own people's willingness to give up talk of war. Carter also tells how happy he was to see Sadat kiss Golda Meir. Broadcast on CBS TV” (Ref. 12)

 

   “One notable achievement during the early portion of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) deployment was a night underway replenishment with the USS White Plains (AFS-4) on 21 November 1977 which consisted of 594 pallets of provisions, stores, and fleet freight. This was the second largest UNREP in White Plains history” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Constellation (CV-64) with CVW-9 embarked arrived from “WestPac”

 

    “On 21 November 1977, USS Constellation (CV-64) (Connie) with CVW-9 and Commander Carrier Group Five, Rear Admiral Henry P. Gindeman embarked arrived Naval Air Station, North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California, with Captain M. A. Peelle, USN, as Commanding Officer, ending her tenth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Fleetand tour of duty with the 7th Fleet in the far east. Ports of call include: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines; Pattaya Beach, Thailand; Singapore; Hong Kong and Yokosuka, Japan; Squadrons: VF-211, F-14A; VF-24, F-14A; VA-146, A-7E; VA-147, A-7E; VA-165, A-6E / KA-6D; VAW-126, E-2C; VFP-63 Det. 1 RF-8G; VAQ-132, EA-6B; VS-21, S-3A; HS-6, SH-3H and COD, US-3A; reclassified to CV-64 on 1 July 1975; made seven Vietnam Combat Cruises in Vietnam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Fleet, during the Vietnam Conflict/War, received a Presidential Unit Citation from President Nixon in 1973. Her 12th deployment since her commission at New York Naval Shipyard on 27 October 1961, with Captain T.J. Walker in command (12 April 1977 to 21 November 1977)” (Ref. 1-” (Ref. 1-Constellation, 72, 76, 84A, 1128, 1129 & 1130).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS White Plains (AFS-4) and with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 21 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) pulled in for a port call at Yokosuka, Japan

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) pulled in for a port call at Yokosuka, Japan on 23 November 1977 for a period of much-needed upkeep and crew liberty. Continued transit to “WestPac” as a participant in TRANSITEX 2-78, a multi-encounter, advanced task group ASW training evolution conducted along the PIM to “WestPac” from 2 to 23 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS White Plains (AFS-4) on 28 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977 - Command History Report states the 18th and 35th UNREP of 1977 which is not correct based on the 33rd & 34th UNREP of 1977). Refresher carrier landing operations commenced almost immediately upon Kitty Hawk departure from Yokosuka, Japan on 30 November 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked departs NAS, Alameda, Ca. on workups in the SOLCAL OPERA

 

    USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, for her final underway period of the year focusing on workups in the southern California operating area on 2 December 1977” (Ref. 362D).   

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 3 December during which time conducted Refresher carrier landing operations from 1 to 4 December 1977 while en route to the Sea of Japan, commencing USN/ROKN ASWEX K1-78, a four-phased, modular exercise designed to provide U. S. and Republic of Korea Naval Forces an opportunity to practice combined operations in AAW and ASW on 5 December. Admiral Hwang, Chong You, Chief of Naval Operations, Republic of Korea Navy and Vice Admiral R. B. Baldwin, Commander, Seventh Fleet arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 6 December. Two Soviet TU-16 Badger aircraft conducted close-in reconnaissance Kitty Hawk of on 6 December 1977 in an area northeast of Tsushima Island” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “Lieutenant General C. A. Gabriel, USAF, Deputy Commander United Nations Command/U.S. Forces, Korea arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 7 December; conducting UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) twice on 7 December 1977 on her 37th & 38th UNREP. Honorable W. Graham Claytor, Secretary of the Navy arrived aboard Kitty Hawk on 8 December, conducting USN/ROKN ASWEX K1-78, a four-phased, modular exercise designed to provide U. S. and Republic of Korea Naval Forces an opportunity to practice combined operations in AAW and ASW from 5 to 8 December 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “A KA-6D assigned to VA-115 hits USS Midway (CV-41) ramp on approach. Both crewmembers of the aircraft are recovered Western Pacific on 7 December 1977” (Ref. 84A).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) entered the harbor at Pusan, South Korea

 

   “Upon completion of all exercise objectives, the 5 to 8 December exercise was terminated and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) entered the harbor at Pusan, South Korea on 9 December 1977 for five days of liberty” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

    “Major General H. Griffith Chjusmag – Korea and Mr. J. Kelly, U.S. Embassy, Korea (Political Section) arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 9 December 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted a READIEX BRAVO following departure from Pusan, South Korea on 13 December 1977, import from 9 to 12 December 1977 and the following day conducted UNREP with USS Haleakala (AE-25) with USS Sacranmento (AOE-1) on her 39th & 40th UNREP – Command History Report states that the 36th UNREP was conducted on the 3rd of December, but based on UNREP numbering there is an extra Dec.3rd listed as the 39th UNREP, EQNEEDF submits the  36th UNREP as the 13th)” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) departed the harbor at Pusan, South Korea

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted a READIEX BRAVO following departure from Pusan, South Korea on 13 December 1977, import from 9 to 12 December 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked returned to NAS, Alameda, Ca. after completing workups in the SOLCAL OPERA on her final underway period of the year

 

    “On 16 December 1977, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with CVW-14 embarked returned to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, ending her final underway period of the year from 2 to 15 December 1977, focusing workups in the southern California operating area with CVW-14 embarked, conducting cyclic air operations, principally ASW. The wing completed its “fly off” on the 15th, and the carrier steamed north, mooring at Alameda, remaining there for the holidays” (Ref. 362D).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted exercise COPE CHERRY, a test of the Japanese Air Self-defense Force, was conducted on 16 December 1977 while in the vicinity of Okinawa. Embarked airwing assets simulated aggressor aircraft. Kitty Hawk conducted UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 16 December 1977. Kitty Hawk bested USS Midway (CV-41) during a war-at-sea exercise (WASEX) by delivering the first stimulated strike against the opposing carrier conducted in the Philippine Sea from 17 to 18 December, conducting her 42nd UNREP of 1977 with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) on 18 December. Aircraft from the Kitty Hawk participated in CASEX/FAMEX 1-78A, a close air support/familiarization exercise for training TACAIR control party personnel and integration of CV aircraft into the support of amphibious operations on 19 December 1977 in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan. Upon arrival in the Taiwan area, aircraft from Kitty Hawk participated in a combined U. S. and Republic of China air defense exercise of the Eagle/Bluesky series. The ECM portion of an air defense exercise involving the Republic China on 20 December 1977 and Hawk entered Subic Republic of Philippines, that place which would serve as her home away from home for the duration of the cruise, early on December and remained there through the Christmas and New Year holidays” (Ref. 311B-1977).). 

 

USS Midway (CV-41) with CVW-5 embarked arrives from the Indian Ocean

 

    “On 21 December 1977, USS Midway (CV-41) with Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-70), Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet (CTF-77), Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75) & Carrier Group Five, Commander DESRON 15 and Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked arrived Yokosuka, Japan (NAF Atsugi, Japan), with Captain Donald Linn Felt, USNA '53, as Commanding Officer, ending her 15th South China Sea deployment, on her third Indian Ocean deployment and her 13th deployment as the U. S. Navy’s forward-deployed carrier operating with the 7th Fleet in support of Exercise Midlink, hosted by the Iranian Navy, including representatives of Pakistan, Turkey and the Royal Navy; redesignated CV-41, reclassifying a Multi-Purpose aircraft carrier on 30 June 1975. Her 16th deployment since her second recommission on 31 January 1970, following completion of a four-year conversion-modernization at the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, arriving on 11 February 1966, ending the year of 1965 upon arrival from her sixth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first Vietnam Combat Cruise in the Far East; making three Vietnam Combat Cruises operating with the 7th Fleet during the Vietnam Conflict/War; ending her eighth “WestPac” deployment operating with the Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her third South China Sea deployment, her third Vietnam Combat Cruise in the Far East. HShe will under go her 22nd deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon completion of her World Cruise for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 35th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (27 September to 21 December 1977)” (Ref. 1-Midway & 72).

 

 27/09/77 to 21/12/77

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

7Th FLEET Forward Deployed

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg

Aug 74 to Aug 91

15th SCS

3rd IO

 

“The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (SSDR) is a service award of the United States Navy which was established in May 1980 and retroactively authorized to August 1974. It was the first type of sea service ribbon established in the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon is granted to any member of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps assigned to a deployable unit (e.g., a ship, aircraft squadron, detachment, battalion, or other unit type that operates away from its assigned homeport) and is forward-deployed for a period of either 90 consecutive days or two periods of at least 80 days each within a given 12-month period; or 12 months stationed overseas in a forward deployed location.

 

When a ship's crew qualifies for the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the ship is authorized to paint and display the ribbon and award stars on the port and starboard side of the bulwark aft to designate the number of deployments conducted throughout the commissioned life of the ship since August 1974.

 

When a U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps aviation squadron qualifies for the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the squadron is authorized to paint and display the ribbon and award stars on the exterior or interior of their hangar/office spaces to designate the number of deployments conducted throughout the active life of that squadron since August 1974” (Ref. 1181D).

Ref. 1181 & 1181C

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) conducted Exercise BLUESKY, the intercept/strike portion of an air defense exercise involving the Republic of China on 21 December 1977. Kitty Hawk action was lively for the balance of the December at-sea time as several one and two-day exercises were conducted in rapid succession. Rear Admiral J. B. Linder, Commander U. S. Taiwan Defense Command; Admiral TSOU Chien, Commander-in-Chief, Chinese Navy; Major General HU Fu-Chiu, Chief of Operations, Chinese Army; Major General LEE Yu-Chiu, Deputy Commander,    “Combat Air Command; Major General CHOW Chung-Nan, Commander General 605th Missile Group and Rear Admiral LEI Hsueh-Ming JOTD arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 21 December 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) pulled in for a port call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) pulled in for a port call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 23 December 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

   “Rear Admiral H. Hardisty, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Philippines arrived aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) on 28 December 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

 

   On December 28, 1977, Jimmy Carter tells the conditions necessary for balancing the budget by 1981. Broadcast on CBS-TV.  Excerpt from his four-way television interview” (Ref. 12).

 

   On December 29, 1977, Jimmy Carter talks about the American interdependence with Europe and the Middle East while at the airport on departure for a six-nation, overseas fact-finding tour. Broadcast on CBS-TV” (Ref. 12).

 

   On December 30, 1977, the first press conference ever of a U.S. President from behind the Iron Curtain from the Victoria Hotel in Warsaw Poland. Jimmy Carter answers questions about nuclear arms and biochemical warfare reduction, daily communications with Arab leaders, U.S. preference for a Palestinian homeland connected with Jordan, his Baptist faith and his hopes for more religious freedom in all countries, his hopes that Soviet influence on Poland will diminish, the Helsinki and Belgrade conferences on human rights, increasing human rights in Poland, the energy crisis in the world, but mainly in the United States, U.S.-Polish economic intercourse up to one billion dollars in 1978, the neutron bomb, his hopes that Poles can visit family members in the U.S. and vice versa, includes post-interview comments on the state of Polish Jews” (Ref. 12).

 

   USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) made a for a port call at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines from 23 to 31 December 1977. For the Kitty Hawk, 1977 was an exciting and eventful year. She had risen from being a cold, sleeping giant to become a highly trained professional, operationally-deployed unit in the short span of one year. The officers and men had put forth 110 percent effort from beginning to end to gain and retain the reputation of being the best carrier in the U. S. Pacific Fleet” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

“The following major accomplishments highlight Kitty Hawk’s performance in CY 1977:

 

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 1977

TIIOUSANDTH CARRIER LANDINGS

 

MONTH

NO.

WIRE

TIME

A/C

SIN

PILOT

SQD

8 May

164,000

2

1532

A-7

303

LT Koss

YA-192

24 Jul.

165,000

3

2336

EA-6

620

LCDR Clark

YAQ-131

10 Aug.

166,000

2

1614

A-7

521

LT Hoffacket

YA-52

22 Sep.

167,000

3

1349

A-6

503

LT Gtlluly

VA-52

19 Nov.

168,000

3

1827

A-7

312

LCDR Connell

VA-192

19 Dec.

169,000

4

1326

F-14

111

CDR Frost

1 VF-114

 

COMBAT AND SUPPORT SORTIES

 

No combat or combat support sorties were flown from the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during 1977.

 

ARRESTING GEAR STATISTICS

 

WIRE NR.

CY 1977

CRUISE

1

597

116

2

1,700

549

3

2,533

837

4

1,123

355

5

0

0

Total:

5,953

1,857

 

CATAPULT STATISTICS

 

CATAPULT NUMBER

CY 1977

CRUISE

1

1,640

328

2

1,000

170

3

1,831

897

4

1,344

528

Total:

5,815

1,923

 

    “USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND CIVIC ACTION PROGRAM Record contribution in excess of $31,000 to the Combined Federal Campaign, United Way of Kitsap County, Washington was reported on 1 February 1977” (Ref. 311B-1977).

 

USS Ranger (CV-61) commenced dry docked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Wash.

 

    “The seventh Ranger (CV-61), former CVA-61 was dry docked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Wash. during 1977; reclassified to CV-61 on 30 June 1975; made seven Vietnam Combat cruises during the Vietnam Conflict/War, earning 13 battle stars for service in Vietnam; returned to west coast operation on 27 May 1972, having under gone regular overhaul in port the first five months of 1972 and from 7 June 1971 until 31 December 1971; completed overhaul and departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 30 May 1967 for training out of San Diego and Alameda, California; stood out of San Francisco Bay on 28 September 1966 and entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 2 days later for overhaul; completed overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard on 30 September 1965, returning to Alameda, California commencing refresher training; commencing overhaul on 13 May 1965; completed overhaul in the San Francisco Naval Shipyard on 10 February 1964; entering overhaul on 7 August 1963; commissioned at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 10 August 1957, Captain Charles T. Booth II in command; launched on 29 September 1956, sponsored by Mrs. Arthur Radford (wife of Admiral Radford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff); keel was laid down on 2 August 1954 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia, and was a United States Navy Forrestal-class aircraft carrier” (Ref. 1-Ranger & 72).

 

CHAPTER XXXII

TWELFTH “WESTPAC” DEPLOYMENT AND LOCALTRAINING OPERATIONS (Multi-nation combat exercises with Japan, Korea, and the Republic of China) U.S. Aircraft Carriers “WestPac” and Indian Ocean Deployments (Indian Ocean operations keeping the peace in the Middle East (Iran History & Air Arm)

(1 January 1977 to 31 December 1977)

Part 1 – (1 January to 10 June 1977)

Part 2 – (11 June to 31 December 1977)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER XXXII

Part 2 - (11 June to 31 December 1977)

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy - Operation Evening Light And Eagle Claw -

 

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978-1-329-15473-5

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA  Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990) -

 

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